The Hindi adaptation of the National Award-winning Marathi film Mala Aai Vhayvhay(2011), Mimi featuring Kriti Sanon has released yesterday. Mimi is about an aspiring dancer who wants to make it big in Bollywood. But when an American couple wants her to be a surrogate mother, she takes it as a project. She agrees to be a surrogate because she will be paid 20 lakhs for the same. However, when a couple comes to know that baby can not be normal they run away leaving Mimi in blunder. What happens when her family comes to know about pregnancy and how things go haywire when the couple comes again to claim the baby is for you to see. Check out our Mimi review in this article for more.
Story and Screenplay: Mimi Review
The first half of the film is entertaining and relatable. The first 30-40 minutes help build the story of the film. The film is rustic and is rooted in Indian culture. As compared to the original Marathi film, this film has a modern and contemporary script. Director Laxman Utekar manages to make the first half of the film more entertaining with slight emotional scenes. However, the second half of the film is more emotional but Laxman manages to keep it in control by not going overboard.
Technical Aspects: Direction of Mimi
Technically too the film is well made. The rustic look of Rajasthan compliments the film. Whether it is dialogues or screenplay everything is finely balanced. Laxman Utekar who had previously directed Luka Chuppi has come a long way. He has improved a lot. Also being co-writer of the film, Laxman executes the film very well.
As compared to the original Marathi film which is serious and sensitive, this Hindi version is slightly handled in a funny and subtle way. Being a cinematographer himself, Laxman Utekar has captured Rajasthan in a beautiful way and Akash Aggarwal has done his job very well.
Music and Background Score:
Full marks to Laxman Utekar and producers who have taken a huge leap from the music of Luka Chupi where all songs were remakes. Here, in Mimi, they have roped in AR Rahman for original songs and background scores. AR Rahman just elevates this film and makes more sense to this film. The background score of the film is engaging and just suits the film.
Songs could have been more commercial but perfectly supports the narrative. Good to see Rahman’s music in such a film but sometimes lacks to have a long-lasting impact. For me, Yaane Yaane and Param Sundari stand out. Rihayi de song just grows on you as a theme of the film. Overall Rahman just made this film more engaging and consistent with his music.
Finally, Kriti Sanon has got a role where she proves her acting mettle and gives an award-worthy performance. Kriti’s best act in her whole career. From an aspiring dancer to a caring mother, her versatile performance in this film is just outstanding. Kriti never fears taking risks in her career and make great scripts choices and Mimi is just her outbreaking performance. The way Kriti handles the baby when she sees the baby for the first time shows the most mature performance of her to date.
Coming to the other cast, Pankaj Tripathi as always just perfectly nails it in this film. His phenomenal act as Bhanu is just stunning. He has a full-fledged role in this film and is on the par with male lead of the film. Marathi actress Sai Tamhankar is perfectly first-rate in this film. She supports Kriti and sometimes we just think that she can overshadow the main lead. Supriya Pathak leaves the impact without more dialogues and her performance is just effortless. Manoj Pahwa leaves the impression with his body language and has performed his part very well. American actors Evelyn Edwards and Aidan Whytock leave their mark and you empathise with them.
Had Mimi been released in theatres today in normal situations, it would have been hit commercially and critically. Mimi is one of the best family entertainers of 2021. Also kudos to makers who brought the sensitive topic of surrogacy to mainstream Bollywood in centre stage. The topic of surrogacy is handled in a more entertaining and emotional way. AR Rahman’s music and the background score elevates this film and deserves a brownie point. Watch this sweet and emotional film for Pankaj Tripathi and Kriti Sanon’s career-best performance.
Mimi Twitter Review: Check out what netizens are saying about Mimi
Fans have loved the film and also they have praised the performance of Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi.
#Mimi exceeds expectations ! Yes this @kritisanon film has 'ENTERTAINMENT ' all over it .Comprises of good humour , emotions and superlative performances . Brilliant first half & good second half ! You'll fall in love with the film when it ends…
— Filmy Rahul (FK ) (@RahulVerma4860) July 26, 2021
Just watched the movie #MIMI. Awesome story and all the actors performed well specially MiMi @kritisanon, she has just owned this character. @TripathiiPankaj as usual with best performance.
And the plus point is @arrahman's music. Congratulations to the entire team of MIMI. pic.twitter.com/1EfPdCGuaW
— Azad Sadaf (@AzadSadaf) July 26, 2021
Some fans have called Mimi the best film of 2021.
#Mimi is undoubtedly the best film of 2021. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Watch the film with ur entire family. ♥️ @kritisanon 💝 u r so talented my best wishes always with u😘💝 @TripathiiPankaj sir aapko kya hi bolu… Hands down! 🌟🙏 Entire team just amazing! #MimiStreamingNow @NetflixIndia
— S A G A R (@sagar0fficial) July 26, 2021
Each and every character of the film #Mimi is marvelous. @TripathiiPankaj सर एक ही दिल है कितनी बार जीतेंगे। @kritisanon you made us emotional in some scene. @arrahman sir music is awesome. #mimireview 4/5⭐⭐⭐⭐
— Devendra Gore (@devendragore25) July 26, 2021
Also, some fans are calling Kriti Sanon’s performance brave, strong and impactful.
@kritisanon now what should i say for this kind of performance. Impactful, Strong, brave or just a cake walk for you like your other hits😅. I’m glad as a audience and a fan you have given sucha great performance. 🙌❤️
P.S. ( even I like @RanveerOfficial 🤣)#MIMI #MimiReview pic.twitter.com/GbHQ3RKXml
— Novin Dsouza (@Novi5320) July 26, 2021
Fans are calling Mimi a full-fledged family entertainer. Director Laxman Utekar and composer AR Rahman are also receiving accolades.
#MimiOnNetflix full-fledged family entertainer and awesome take on motherhood, it’s a career-best performance by @kritisanon lots of heart touching elements good work by #LaxmanUtekar and background score by @arrahman help you to drop tears from your eyes. #MimiReview pic.twitter.com/edMHs26rP0
— rohit (@RohithMedic) July 26, 2021
Did you watch Mimi? How you feel about the film, let us know in the comments.
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